What We’re Reading: December

As the year is drawing to a close, we're leaving you with some great titles to have a look at over your Christmas break. Jane McCredie, Executive Director I finally caught up with Ferrante fever, devouring all four of the Neapolitan novels in a month. I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes them so appealing and I think it’s largely the ...

Spotlight On… Adele Dumont

Our Spotlight On featured writer for November is Adele Dumont, a French born Sydney writer. Adele’s first book was published in July this year and deals with a topic in the forefront of public conversation, yet paradoxically, one that is also carefully hidden from public view: immigration detention centres. Through Adele’s unique perspective as English language teacher, No Man is ...

Writing On Our Calendar – December

The festive season is finally upon us! Between parties, deadlines and shopping, why not squeeze a few bookish events into your schedule this month? 1 December – Book launch: BooksActually’s Gold Standard BooksActually's Gold Standard 2016 is a highly anticipated new anthology from indie bookstore BooksActually, comprising short fiction by the best cult writers of East Asia, Southeast Asia and the diaspora. ...

Candice Fox on crime, collaboration & characters

Candice Fox is an author of crime fiction and creative writing teacher. Candice lectures in writing at the University of Notre Dame, while undertaking a PhD in literary censorship and terrorism. Hades was her first novel, followed by Eden and Fall, the next two books in the Bennett/Archer series. You've published with superstar James Patterson. How was the collaboration process? It was ...

First Friday Club with Lou Johnson

Our final First Friday Club guest speaker for the year was Lou Johnson, co-founder of The Author People and former Managing Director of Simon & Schuster Australia. With an extensive 25-year career in the national and international publishing industry, Lou has witnessed and played a role in its shifting landscape. Lou moved through various sales and marketing roles for the likes ...

What We’re Reading: November

From zombie novels to Man Booker Prize winners, take a look at what we've been reading lately. Ashley Kalagian Blunt, Program Officer The Girl with All the Gifts by MR Carey My first novel was about killer bees from Mars that come back to Earth and kill everyone (for context, I was 14). My second novel was straight-up about the apocalypse. My third ...

Book review: The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes

I didn’t want this book to end, just so you know. It was one of those books where the main character grabbed me in the first chapter. Then, I didn’t want to let her go. The Fall of Butterflies is about Willa, a small town teenage girl from What Cheer, Iowa (no that’s not a typo, it does exist) with a very ...

Writing On Our Calendar – November

There are plenty of exciting literary events on the horizon, so grab your calendars and prepare for a month of book launches, live storytelling, and science writing. 2 November – So you want to be an author: Lisa Hanrahan Join Lisa Hanrahan and learn from her valuable experience on how to get your book published, and promote it successfully to a local ...

First Friday Club with Matthew Gain

Earlier this month our First Friday Club guest was Matthew Gain, Head of Operations for Audible Australia and New Zealand. At Audible, Matthew combines his vast experience of brand and content creation with his love of storytelling. Matthew believes in the power of the voice to bring stories and characters to life. His favourite audio book is Matilda by Roald ...

Jacqueline Harvey shares her passion for stories

Jacqueline Harvey is one of Australia's bestselling authors for children with 29 books published to date. Her Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series are sold in over 80 countries and have attracted numerous shortlistings and awards while her first and only picture book, The Sound of the Sea, was an Honour Book in the 2006 Children's Book Council Awards. How did your ...

Book Review: The Book that Made Me edited by Judith Ridge

The Book That Made Me is a collection of thirty-two personal stories by some of the most acclaimed authors from Australia and the world. Each essay centers around the question: What books influenced you, stuck with you and/or made a difference in your life? I found it fascinating how every author approached their essay differently. Some took it very seriously, some ...

Spotlight On… Sara Saleh

This month our Spotlight On featured author is poet and creative artist Sara Saleh. Sara is an Arab-Australian human rights law and refugee advocate and grassroots activist with a decade-long career working with NGOs like Amnesty International Australia. She has also performed her poetry locally and internationally. She recently published her first poetry collection, Wasting the Milk in the Summer, which ...

Join us

Become a member of the NSW Writers' Centre to get Newswrite magazine, discounts to courses and festivals, mentorship, free access to writers' groups, writers' spaces, members' events, the library and more. Join now ›

Follow us on